Liberian ex-president must serve out sentence in Britain: court

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 25, 2015 10:35 AM

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Judges at an international court in The Hague on Wednesday denied former Liberian President Charles Taylor's request to serve out the remainder of his 50-year jail sentence in Rwanda.

Taylor, 67, convicted in 2012 of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone, in which more than 50,000 were killed and many thousands more were mutilated before it ended in 2002.

He is serving his sentence in a British jail, but had asked be jailed in Rwanda, where his wife could visit him more easily. He had argued that his wife's failure to get a British visa represented an infringement of his human right to a family life.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Alison Williams)